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Poster: Daddy D Date: Aug 25, 2011 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: How much $$ would you pay to create your favorite band's set list?

A friend and I were having drinks the other day, and we started talking about how much the internet has changed the music business.

Certainly the internet is a great resource for fans, but it's made it virtually impossible for mid-level bands to make any significant money selling CD's. So for a lot of bands, financially-speaking, it's tour or get a day-job.

But touring is a grind, and it's expensive. So we started discussing ways a band could maximize the money it made while touring. Ideas included:

1)) Playing more than one night in each location.

Perhaps easier said than done, but if a band has a loyal enough fan base & large enough repertoire of songs to choose from so that they won't be playing essentially the same show each night, it could work.

2)) Placing more of an emphasis on the merchandise table.

Lots of bands only have one or two T-shirts for sale, their most recent CD, and maybe a bumper sticker. We agreed that they should offer a) several different T-shirt designs, long sleeve & short sleeve t-shirts, hats, hoodiess, girly tank tops, beer koozies, etc., b) a CD or download of each night's show, and . . .

3) They should hold online auctions and allow fans to bid on the rights to create each nights set list!

Of course they would have to institute some rules. There are time ordinances & restraints that have to be taken into consideration, so you'd have to limit the set-list to "X" amount of songs. Additionally, bands might have to create a pool of songs for fans to choose from so that bidders didn't start requesting a bunch of totally obscure songs.

I seriously doubt this would be a compelling idea for bands pulling down any serious money, but for bands who are only getting $1,000 - $5,000 a night, this could be a new (and most importantly PURE PROFIT) revenue stream.

I'm curious to learn what others think--is this a good or bad idea? Also, how much would you pay to be able to write the set list for your favorite mid-level band?

I'd pay $500 for the rights to create the set list for my next Railroad Earth show.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Aug 25, 2011 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How much $$ would you pay to create your favorite band's set list?

i'd pay a couple hundred to have DSO let me whip up one hell of a setlist. wonder if they do weddings...

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Aug 25, 2011 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How much $$ would you pay to create your favorite band's set list?

if the money is right, most bands will do whatever. Lot's of famous bands play private parties & corporate gigs, they just don't advertise it.

A friend of mine's wife got a well known band to play his birthday party for $5,000 plus all they could eat & drink.

It is a business after all, and you've got to pay for food & a place for the band & crew to sleep whether you've got a show that night or not.